The GI DAP consists of two regional programs, the Regional Colonoscopy Network (RCN) and the GI nurse navigator.

What is the Regional Colonoscopy Network?

The RCN is designed to decrease wait times for a colonoscopy appointment for people who are 50 to 74 years old who have had a positive fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or a family history of colorectal cancer. The RCN follows the screening guidelines from Cancer Care Ontario and Ontario’s ColonCancerCheck program (opens in new window).

How can I be referred to the Regional Colonoscopy Network?

You need to be referred by you primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) after a positive FOBT (50 to 74 yrs of age) or if there is a family history of colorectal cancer.

After a referral is received, you will be contacted by a clinical secretary and a nurse from the referral office at the RCN. A nurse will complete an assessment and will prepare you for the colonoscopy including answering any questions you may have. The clinical secretary will book you into the next available appointment at one of four participating regional hospitals. These are Grand River Hospital (Kitchener), Guelph General Hospital, Louise Marshall Hospital (Mount Forest) and St. Mary’s General Hospital (Kitchener). Over 20 regional gastroenterologists and surgeons participate in this program providing timely access to screening colonoscopy. 

If you’re a referring physician, visit our referral page for more information and to obtain a referral form.

What is the GI diagnostic assessment / nurse navigator program?

The GI nurse navigator provides support, navigation and teaching to patients after a colonoscopy (biopsy completed, suspicion of cancer), during the early phase of a new colorectal cancer diagnosis to obtain the earliest date for pre-operative testing and treatment. The patient is navigated until a consult with a surgeon or the cancer centre. 

How can I be referred to the GI DAP/ navigator? 

Patients are referred to the nurse navigator by regional surgeons and gastroenterologists after a colonoscopy has been completed.

If you’re a referring physician, visit our referral page for more information and to obtain a referral form.

Who is on the support care team?

The GI nurse navigator and clinical secretary are available to support and answer the patient and family member’s questions. 

Where is the GI DAP/navigator program located?

This is a virtual program and contact is provided over the telephone.